Boiler House Press launches Recovered Books series

Boiler House Press launches Recovered Books series

The University of East Anglia's publishing imprint, Boiler House Press, will be publishing the first two titles in its new Recovered Books series in November this year.

The series brings "unfairly forgotten books of exceptional merit and resounding relevance to the attention of today’s engaged readers" and will launch with the publication of Gentleman Overboard by Herbert Clyde Lewis and What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge on 30th November. The series is inspired by Brad Bigelow, founder of www.neglectedbooks.com, and a long-time campaigner for the rediscovery of books and writers lost or abandoned in the tides of changing tastes.

Bigelow said the series aims to bring forgotten and often difficult to find books back to print for a new generation of readers, and to introduce readers and researchers to these under-appreciated writers and encourage them to expand their outdated notions of the canon. He describes Gentleman Overboard as "a wonderfully tragi-comic parable of isolation and abandonment". He said it became "something of an international phenomenon since it was first featured on Neglected Books over a decade ago, achieving critical and popular success with translations into Dutch, Hebrew and Spanish" but is "still essentially unknown in English". This new includes an introduction by George Szirtes, poet and winner of the James Tait Black Prize for The Photographer at Sixteen (MacLehose Press) and an afterword by Bigelow.

What Katy Did is a 19th century American children's classic, restored through the work of a unique undergraduate project at the University of East Anglia. Bigelow said UEA students contributed the introduction and guided the book’s design and presentation with the goal of contextualising the story for the modern younger reader and of increased accessibility for dyslexic readers and those managing similar challenges.